Shingles typically causes painful skin bumps or blisters. Even before the skin lesions appear, the pain of shingles can be severe. The skin pain is often described as a burning sensation of the skin with heightened sensitivity. The rash of shingles consists of red blisters that eventually burst and ooze. The rash occurs in a band-like distribution along the path of a nerve. The blisters eventually crust over (form a scab) and heal. Sometimes, symptoms like chills, diarrhea, and headache can occur as a person develops shingles. The nearby lymph nodes may be swollen.
Cause of shingles
Shingles is caused by a reactivation of an infection with the varicella-zoster virus (VZV, also referred to as the herpes zoster virus) that causes chickenpox.
Other shingles symptoms and signs
- Crusting of Skin
- Sensitive Skin
- Sensitivity to Light
- Skin Burning
- Skin Tingling (Pins and Needles Sensation)
- Swollen Lymph Nodes